Portland, OR. The National nonprofit, Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB), celebrated its seventh annual Puparazzi Photo Contest with photos of puppies-in-training, retired guide dogs, and more. Patriotic Jambo (pictured above) was the winner of the GDB Career Change Dog category. This year’s Puparazzi Photo Contest raised nearly $39,000 during the two week submission period between April 2nd to April 16th. With over 319 photos submitted there were five overall winners in the categories of Working GDB Guide Dogs, Guide Dog Puppies, GDB Breeder Dogs, GDB Career Change Dogs, and Pet Pooches.

The winning photo entry for the Working GDB Guide Dogs category features Marsha, Alicia, Joanne and GDB guide dogs Jewel, Jerome and Nan. They are members of the Sunshine Guide Dog Teams of Florida.

Guide Dog Puppies category winner is Picard, who is enjoying a spring afternoon.

The Pet Pooches category winner is Penny, who is ready to celebrate her favorite holiday, Easter.

For the Puparazzi Photo Contest participants are encouraged to submit photos of their dogs, even if they aren’t GDB guide dogs or guide dogs in training, and to actively campaign for their photo to help raise funds for GDB’s mission in a creative, interactive way. Winners are determined by the number of votes a photo submission receives, with the entry having the highest number of votes in its respective category being crowned the winner. Winning submissions featuring GDB program dogs are included in GDB’s 2020-2021 calendar. The contest is one of the nonprofit’s chief fundraising initiatives.

From Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB):

As a nonprofit organization, GDB’s work is made entirely possible by the generous support of donors and volunteers, as they receive no government funding. All of GDB’s services provided to clients are free of charge, including personalized training and extensive post-graduation support, plus financial assistance for veterinary care, if needed. The Puparazzi Photo Contest, though adorable and fun, is actually a very important aspect of GDB’s fundraising efforts and helps the exceptional nonprofit continue providing clients exceptional services at no cost. To learn more about ways to support Guide Dogs for the Blind, please visit guidedogs.com.

With a Portland area campus located in Boring, Oregon, GDB works to empower individuals who are blind or have low vision by creating partnerships between people, dogs, and communities. In the spirit of community, fun and love for fluffy friends, this spring GDB put on its annual online Puparazzi Photo Contest, which benefits the organization’s overall fundraising efforts.